Telecom Operators

5G hotspot expected for 2019

Verizon will launch its first 5G hotspot device to consumers in 2019, it has been announced. The American telecommunications company collaborated with Inseego and features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip and Snapdragon X50 5G modem.

The hotspot is expected to be demonstrated at Qualcomm’s technology summit in Hawaii this week, which will conduct tests of 5G networks for Verizon and AT &T. They will perform live virtual reality telemedicine demonstrations, and will showcase the hotspot running on a very small-scale deployment of Verizon’s actual 5G NR network, highlighting the incredibly low latency delivered by fifth-generation wireless.  

Inseego says its device has achieved more than 2Gbps of speed and sub-10 milliseconds of latency in multiple component carrier aggregation (CA) scenarios and claims these tests to be “real-world trial data that marks a major milestone.” The hotspot device will be available from Verizon in the US and other carriers internationally.

The hotspot will also offer compatibility with Wi-Fi 6 which is also expected for next year. Verizon has already launched 5G Home in a few markets.

It follows an announcement this week that Samsung and Verizon are launching a 5G Smartphone on the network for 2019, which will be powered by the upcoming flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform, Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements. Verizon 5G mobility service is expected to go live in early 2019 and will “expand rapidly.”